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Museum Offers a Creative Array of Holiday Gifts this Season

During the Holiday Season the Philadelphia Museum of Art welcomes visitors with a host of festive programs and offerings throughout November and December. Highlights such as caroling in the galleries, musical performances, new dining experiences and themed Friday Night parties as well as art-inspired shopping are part of the total Museum experience.

An array of creative and distinctive gifts is available in the Museum stores and online. Ranging from fine art books and handmade ornaments to high-quality reproductions of masterpieces and the yearlong gift of Membership, the wide assortment includes many items that are inspired by the collection and made exclusively for the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

A special selection of gifts accompanies the special exhibition, Fabulous Fashion: From Dior’s New Look to Now. These include faux-fur clutches featuring bright motifs ($62), ombre-colored leather gloves ($156), oversized fashion capes, scarves and hats (prices vary). Bold and brightly-colored accessories by notable jewelry brands such as Tommy Mitchell, John Wind, Findings, Narratives, and Looksur are showcased.

Lavishly-illustrated books exploring the history of fashion and ones that focus on specific fashion houses and designers include The Fashion Book (available in coffee-table and mini sizes at $39.95 and $12.95), Icons of Women’s Style ($29.95) and Fashion Victims ($25.95). Great stocking stuffers include pocket-sized books on Coco Chanel, Elizabeth Taylor and Frida Kahlo ($9.99 each). Catalogs from previous fashion exhibitions are also available and include Shocking! The Art & Fashion of Elsa Schiaparelli ($75.00), and Roberto Capucci Art into Fashion ($39.95). For children, paper dolls and sticker books such as Mary Had A Little Glam ($8.95), and Claris, the Chicest Mouse in Paris ($17.99) are playful gift ideas.

Special decorations include intricately handmade ornaments, some of which are iconic of Philadelphia. One features the Museum itself, embroidered with gold thread. Other designs include figurines of Betsy Ross and Benjamin Franklin ($18 each). These ornaments were made in partnership with St. Nicholas Heritage, a small charity in Thailand that helps rural women work in their community. Specializing in bespoke decorations, St. Nicholas is a member of the British Association of Fair Trade Supplier (BAFTA) and supports the principles set by the World Fair Trade Organization.

Artful accessories for the home and office that may decorate any desk or shelf include a 12-month vintage postcard calendar featuring color illustrations of historic sites around Philadelphia ($15.95), as well as small-scale sculptural reproductions of Constantin BrâncuČ™i’s The Kiss ($45) and Auguste Rodin’s The Thinker ($75), both popular favorites from the collections.

Over fifty variations of artist socks are available in men’s and women’s sizes, ranging in theme from the humorous to the timeless ($9-17 a pair). Some best-selling designs include Rodin’s The Thinker, the many faces of Frida Kahlo, and Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers.

New and noteworthy books that highlight distinctive aspects of the collection include The Essential Duchamp ($29.95); Cy Twombly: Fifty Days at Iliam ($35.00) and Art of China: Highlights from the Philadelphia Museum of Art ($45.00). Each includes fascinating essays by curatorial staff and is co-published by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Yale University Press.

A yearlong gift of membership offers the promise of participation in an exciting year ahead at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This enduring gift is presented in a wrapped envelope which makes for an elegant stocking-stuffer. Students, artists, and adult members may enjoy a full year of benefits including unlimited free general admission, free tickets to special exhibitions, special discounts on dining, shopping, parking, educational programs, and access to exhibition previews and special programs ($40-125). Kids 12 and under are always free.

The Store also offers Art on Demand. Visitors can select high-quality reproductions of masterpieces from the collection and have them printed to order. Among the offerings are landscapes and figure paintings by Paul Cézanne, Thomas Eakins, Claude Money, Henri Rousseau, among others. Prints are available in a variety of sizes, paper, and frames. ($25-375). At home, shop Art of Demand by visiting http://artondemand.philamuseum.org/.

On Wednesday, November 21, the Holiday Season kicks off at the Museum with the annual Tree-Lighting event on the East Terrace, from 5 until 6 pm, with cookies and hot chocolate served. Admission to the Museum that evening is Pay What You Wish and the Museum stores will offer a 20% discount in store. Read the press release to explore the Museum's full holiday program schedule.

From November 23 – November 25, during Black Friday weekend, the Museum Store is offering 25% off holiday hécor, cards, calendars in store and online. On November 26, Cyber Monday, the store is offering free standard shipping online, no minimum.

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